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The birth certificate of William Joseph Henry BATEMAN

26 Aug

The main reason for ordering the birth of certificate of William Joseph Henry BATEMAN was to try and establish where his parents were living, and from that where he should have been baptised, but along with the marriage certificate I wrote about a few days ago it has also clarified a few issues about the timing of his mother’s pregnancy.

I already had William’s birth date from his Royal Navy service record and fortunately the two dates matched, he was born on the 19th January 1882. I was more interested in the place of birth, from other sources I knew he was born in Brighton, Sussex but I wanted to try and get a bit more precise.

William was born at 47 Jersey Street, Brighton, the same address as that given for his mother on the marriage certificate of his parents the previous year. This should mean that William was baptised in the same church as his parents were married in, St. Peter’s Church. Of course I want to find his baptism record, but more importantly I am hoping that his two ‘lost’ siblings were also baptised in the same church.

The dates of this certificate and the marriage certificate have clarified one issue for me, William was born on the 19th January 1882, just over two months since his parents had married on the 19th November 1881, so Dorothy was certainly pregnant when she and Henry married. Going back a stage further, Dorothy may well have already been pregnant when she was listed in the 1881 census (taken on the 3rd April) as a cook at Spratton Hall, Spratton, Northamptonshire.

I now know that both both Henry and Dorothy left Spratton between the 3rd April 1881 and 19th November 1881, and I doubt I will be able to get a more precise date range than that, and I very much doubt whether I will ever know for certain whether Dorothy was forced to leave because she became pregnant.

The marriage certificate of Henry BATEMAN and Dorothy Isabella KINGHORN

23 Aug

I ordered a copy of the marriage certificate for quite specific reasons. In the big scheme of things it was not that important, there were no big mysteries to be solved. If anything it was more about establishing my personal connection with Brighton, Sussex. It has always surprised my that Brighton has not played a bigger part in the lives of my ancestors, but so far my family connections with the city have been few and far between.

Personally I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with Brighton. It is the closest city to where I live, and as such provides many facilities that I need to access from time to time (such as the Brighton History Centre) and acts as a transport hub with buses and trains heading across the country, but Brighton is usually far too busy for my liking, especially at this time of year.

But that’s enough about me, back to my ancestors. Henry BATEMAN married Dorothy Isabella KINGHORN on the 9th November 1881 at St. Peter’s Church, Brighton, Sussex. Henry was 22 years old and he was a groom, nothing surprising there, every other record I have seems to have his as a groom, stableman or coachman.

Dorothy was 27 years old and had no occupation shown. Neither of them had been married before and the marriage took place after banns had been read. The only possible mystery comes from the name of one of the witnesses, Mary Ann WATKINS. I have no idea who she was or whether she was related to either Henry or Dorothy, but I guess if she is a relation I will discover her identity in due course. The other witness was Dorothy’s brother Graham (actually Abraham Graham) KINGHORN.

The only surprise was that they were both living at separate addresses. Henry was at 58 Hanover Street and Dorothy was at 47 Jersey Street. I had expected to find them living at the same address, but I guess I was wrong. It was my impression that they had moved together from Spratton, Northamptonshire to Brighton after Dorothy became pregnant, perhaps they were still trying to maintain at least some impression of decency and doing the right thing. In the 1881 census Dorothy’s brother Graham was living at 79 Hanover Street, which probably explains why they were in that particular part of Brighton.

This certificate has proved quite useful, I now have several things I need to do to follow up the information provided on the certificate:

  1. Visit St. Peter’s Church and get some photographs.
  2. Visit 58 Hanover Street and 47 Jersey Street and get some photographs.
  3. Search the parish registers for St. Peter’s Church for the dates of the banns.
  4. Search the parish registers for St. Peter’s Church for the baptisms of their children.
  5. Check Brighton street directories to see who else was living at 58 Hanover Street and 47 Jersey Street.

Also this certificate has given me a definite connection with Brighton, and one of it’s most famous landmarks, St. Peter’s Church. Every time I go past it on the bus, or get off of the bus there to make my way to Brighton railway station I will be able to look at it knowing that my 2x great-grandparents were married there.

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